BLOCKED! Engaging False Teachers on Social Media

Landon ChapmanChristianity18 Comments

have noticed a curious trend on social media as of late, one of which I have also been tempted to entertain.  The trend is this idea of purposely seeking to have one’s social media account blocked by any number of false teachers and heretics.  On its face this seems relatively harmless and, in fact, some may subconsciously think it to be an affirmation of one’s outstanding holiness or, even further, affirmation of their salvation. Brothers and sisters, this ought not be so. Please understand, I am not writing from a position of self-righteousness. I do not intend to somehow showcase my holiness by sitting on high and policing social media interactions.  Rather, I hope and pray this article will give … Read More

Why Amos is the Best Book in the Bible

Nate PickowiczChristianity, Series: Best Book in the Bible2 Comments

he Word of God is the most valuable thing we have in the world today. In it, we find the revelation of the Lord Jesus, the righteous requirement of God, and the gospel by which sinners can be saved. While the Bible tells us that “faith comes by hearing… the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17), the absence of the Word renders saving faith impossible. When a people become rebellious toward God, and their hearts are hardened, they invite His judgment. And in the Lord’s judgment, He removes His blessings, His protection, and His Word. However, when the absence of God’s grace is felt, the realization of His righteous character is manifested. Main Themes: The Righteousness of God Favorite verses: “’Therefore, … Read More

Are You One of Jesus’ Sheep? (Part 5)

Jimmy SnowdenChristianity1 Comment

n this series of posts we have been looking at how Jesus describes His sheep in John 10 and we have established that Jesus provides five marks about His sheep in John 10:3-9. Again, those five marks are: Jesus’ sheep enter through Him. (vs. 9) Jesus’ sheep hear His voice. (vs. 3) Jesus’ sheep follow Him. (vs. 4) Jesus’ sheep know His voice. (vs. 4) Jesus’ sheep do not recognize the voice a stranger. (vs. 5) In the previous posts we looked at the first, second, fourth, and third marks of Christ’s sheep. In this post we will move forward to consider the final mark.

Are You One of Jesus’ Sheep? (Part 4)

Jimmy SnowdenChristianity1 Comment

n this series of posts we have been looking at how Jesus describes His sheep in John 10 and we have established that Jesus provides five marks about His sheep in John 10:3-9. Again, those five marks are: Jesus’ sheep enter through Him. (vs. 9) Jesus’ sheep hear His voice. (vs. 3) Jesus’ sheep follow Him. (vs. 4) Jesus’ sheep know His voice. (vs. 4) Jesus’ sheep do not recognize the voice a stranger. (vs. 5) In the previous posts we looked at the first, second, and fourth marks of Christ’s sheep. In this post we will move forward to consider the third mark.

How to Stay Busy Doing Nothing

Matt TarrChristianity0 Comments

We shall be likely to accomplish most when we are in the best spiritual condition; or in other words, we shall usually do our Lord’s work best when our gifts and graces are in good order, and we shall do worst when they are most out of trim. – Charles Spurgeon loppy practice means a sloppy game,” seemed to be the regular banner cry of my high school soccer coach. We were half-way through the season and 7-0 and were already the top pick to win the District Championship. Arrogance began to infiltrate our heads, compounded by the fact that our school’s football team had lost every single game that season. We were in our glory and the limelight was ours … Read More

Book Review: On Guard – Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church by Deepak Reju

Nate PickowiczBook Reviews, Christianity4 Comments

used to be an insurance salesman. It was a tough job but it paid the bills. One of the most challenging parts to the job was convincing people that having a discussion about life insurance was worth their time. Of course, once the conversation happened, most people realized their dire need for protection in the event of death. When I was sent Deepak Reju’s On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church, my first reaction was, “I don’t want to read a book about child abuse at church!” With so many other fascinating books to consider, this was literally the last book on my list. To me, this felt like the “life insurance” book—I simply didn’t want to pick … Read More

Two Kinds of Pride

Nate PickowiczChristianity1 Comment

very Christian has heard the verse, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” In fact, it’s referenced several times in Proverbs 3:34, James 4:6, and 1 Peter 5:5. But, by default, it’s easy to see pride only in our boasting. So we think to ourselves, “as long as I don’t tell everyone how awesome I am, I’m not being prideful.” But that’s not how God sees it. There are (at least) two kinds of pride: 1. Self-Promotion This is the gimme. With self-promotion, a person is exalting their virtues, their character, their actions, their abilities, etc. This is doing all you can to see that others recognize how fantastic you are. This is deadly dangerous for a … Read More

Pray for Those of Caesar’s Household

Deering DyerChristianity2 Comments

The church should be encouraged by Christians in positions of governmental authority. t is very easy for Christians to become discouraged when watching any cable news network, scrolling through their social media news feed or reading headlines from any news source. We read reports of threats to religious liberty, advancing erotic liberty, terrorism, the over-turning of pro-life legislation by the courts–the list goes on and on–and let’s not even mention the candidates for President of the United States. At every turn we see the very real threat of at least diminished religious liberty and, at most, a likely reality of real persecution of Christians at the hands of government and even corporate enterprise.  For me, and I suspect many Christians, … Read More

Are You One of Jesus’ Sheep? (Part 3)

Jimmy SnowdenChristianity3 Comments

n this series of posts we have been looking at how Jesus describes His sheep in John 10 and we have established that Jesus provides five marks about His sheep in John 10:3-9. Again, those five marks are: Jesus’ sheep enter through Him. (vs. 9) Jesus’ sheep hear His voice. (vs. 3) Jesus’ sheep follow Him. (vs. 4) Jesus’ sheep know His voice. (vs. 4) Jesus’ sheep do not recognize the voice a stranger. (vs. 5) In the previous post we looked at the first mark of Christ’s sheep. In this post we will move forward to consider the second and fourth marks.

Book Review: Ephesians (EEC) by S.M. Baugh

Nate PickowiczBook Reviews, Christianity1 Comment

he Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series is fast becoming one of my favorite series in print today. Initially published through Logos, the print volumes come to us from Lexham Press. Each volume is jam-packed full with intricate textual commentary, up-to-date scholarship, and pastoral application. In a crowed Christian academic landscape, the EEC series puts forward the best of conservative evangelical scholarship. For the Ephesians entry, the editors tapped seasoned NT scholar S.M. Baugh. Right off the bat, Baugh answers the question: “Why another Ephesians commentary?” But the reader will no doubt be blessed by Baugh’s unique approach to the text. He writes, “my particular interests and areas of study are fairly broad across the range of classics, ancient history (with particular … Read More